Conrad Koh Samui {THA}

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NEWS & IMPORTANT INFO
- May 15, 2013: Stefano Ruzza, formerly general manager for Hilton Manhae Golf and Spa Resort, Korea, is the new General Manager
- March 2017: Changeover in management; Stefano Ruzza has moved to, and taken over management of, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island while Lyle Lewis (of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island) has replaced Stefano here at Conrad Koh Samui
- December 2018: Lyle Lewis has retired and been replaced by Ruben Dario Gabino (previously hotel manager at Conrad Seoul) as the GM of Conrad Koh Samui.
- Jellyfish season is in October / November
- The resort was a Category 10 property and point redemption rates are 95k/night. They were 80-95k/night (either 80 or 95k, depending on season) up until around mid-2017. Here's what it used to look like (in chronological order from January through December):

Jan - Apr: 95K/N
May - Jul: 80K/N
Aug: 95K/N
Sep: 80K/N
Oct: 95K/N
Nov: 80K/N
Dec: 95K/N


HOTEL WEBSITE: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/h...CI/index.html#


USEFUL REVIEWS
1. Weatherboy's review Jul 29, 2015
2. http://www.jarvismarcos.com/2016/10/conrad-koh-samui-may-2015-part-1/]Jermyn's review (Part 1)[/url], (Part 2)
3. Jermyn's Second Visit review


COMMUNICATION
- Hotel email: [email protected]
- Concierge email: [email protected]
- Reservations (Assistant Manager): Chaiyo


ROOMS
- All villas have pools
- Several villas have been recommended in this thread. All villas in the 200s and 300s seem to have unobstructed views. 100s are at sea level
- Villas mentioned with unobstructed view: 204, 206, 207, 209-218, 302, 306, 308, 311, 501-503 for 2-bedroom villas
- Villas mentioned with trees blocking the view: 202
- Direct view to the Five Islands: villas on the left side on the map, like 306-310
- General info on rooms and selection click here and advice on which is the best in the 300s click here (Courtesy of monahos)

UPGRADE POLICY
- Resort is not exempt from the upgrade policy for Golds and Diamonds like Conrad Rangali is
- As of August 2017, the standard room for redemption / points bookings is the Ocean View Waterfront villa (100s, beach level). This was previously the Ocean View villa (200s)

Conrad Koh Samui (one bedroom villas)
- If you book an Ocean View villa (200s) the next upgrade would be the Ocean View Waterfront villa (100s)
- If you book an Ocean View Waterfront (100s) the upgrade goes to the Ocean View Retreat villa (300s)
- If you book the Ocean View Retreat the next upgrade is the Conrad Royal villa however they have only one Conrad Royal so the upgrade is difficult to get as it is based on availability

Conrad Koh Samui Residences (two bedroom pool villas)
- If you book or reserve a two bedroom villa the upgrade is a three bedroom villa however, as per above, an upgrade hinges on availability and this upgrade is also difficult as they have only 1 unit at the resort


SPA / WELLNESS / SPORT
- CKS spa is very good, but also quite expensive
- Alternative 1: Elements Spa and Resort, www.elements-koh-samui.com
- Alternative 2: Carnation, they may or may not come to your villa, www.samuimassageservice.co.th. See this post and this post.
- Alternative 3: Tamarind Springs - will pick you up from hotel if you spend a minimum dollar amount. Jungle resort with (cold) natural springs, saunas and spa treatments. Great half-day excursion.
- Standard equipped Health Club
- Resort offers several complimentary activities, such as Yoga, Thai Boxing, etc


BEACH
- The beach area has completely changed from a couple of years ago. The sandy beach is bigger and there is now a nice promenade along the beach to enjoy the sunset (courtesy of Claudioplanet on TripAdvisor)
- Resort is pretty isolated and not located in a typical tourist area. Be prepared to just relax and chill at your private pool
- Hotel offers a complimentary boat trip to a nearby island where you can hang out on the beach (mixed feedback)


FOOD & BEVERAGE
Breakfast:
- Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members and half price for kids under 17. Prices follow:
--- THB1050++ if purchased when not included in the room rate
--- A la carte pricing is available. Continental is THB850++, many other items available too
--- THB600++ if breakfast is purchased together with the room as inclusion, and thus vary depending the promotion of the room package. The THB600 is one of those options

Happy Hour & Free Drinks:
--- Locations are Azure Bar & Grill (pool) 4-6PM and Main Lobby Lounge (mid-level) from 5-7PM
--- Non-alcoholic beverages are subject to the happy hour too
--- Only selected alcoholic beverages are included
- Diamond members also receive 4 drink coupons, Gold members receive 2 coupons (good at pool or mid-level hotel bar). Note: Coupons can be used throughout the day and are separate from the Happy Hour
- Free bottled water at the resort (get more at health club or call reception)
- Tips
--- Stock up on drinks at Tesco, 7-11 or other supermarket when getting to the resort (taxi or Mr. Samui will stop for you) or (when you have a rental car) during your stay
--- Due to law Tesco doesn't sell any alcohol between 2pm and 5pm (smaller supermarkets maybe aren't that strict)
--- www.samuixl.com/lotus-chaweng/index.php / www.bigc.co.th/en/stores/bigc/samui/

Restaurants:
- Several on-site restaurants, but with typical (high) resort prices (approx 2000 to 4000 Baht for a full meal)
- Several restaurant alternatives not far away from the resort (distance is not walkable, use rental car or hotel transportation)
- The Green Talay www.nuchsgreentalayrestaurant.com
- Coconut Villa Resort www.coconutvillageresort.com
- Sabeinglae http://www.sabienglae.com/ (~30 minutes)
- Bang Por Takho (~40 minutes by car)
- Fai restaurant and Bamboo Restaurant right next to Elements Spa - Five Islands Restaurant and The Island View


MAP (NOTE: Cut and paste the link into a NEW browser tab, otherwise it will likely be blocked)
- https://www.myoverseaswedding.com/wp...0314_HiRes.jpg

TOURS:
Ocean Samui have been appointed as the official tour operator for the Conrad.
Tours and pricing here: http://oceanasamui.com/conrad/

TRANSPORTATION
- Drive from the airport: approx. 45 minutes (GPS required)
- No parking fee at resort
- By taxi/cap: around THB1000-1500 Baht one-way
- Pickup by hotel: around THB3000 one-way (Quoted in March 2017 for THB1,500 one way using Hotel's Toyota Fortuner)
- Mini van from Nathon: THB200 PP to hotel through Lomprayah High Speed Ferries. Great for those arriving via ferries from Koh Phangan - Koh Tao - Chumporn - Huahin - Bangkok
- Mr. Samui, THB2200 roundtrip
- Navigo App - ride-hailing app. Prices are relatively cheap, but the drivers tend to usually be on the NE corner of the island. If you plan in advance (i.e. give them ample time to arrive at the resort) you'll be fine.

Mr Samui, [email protected],
Website: http://mrsamui.webnode.com/
THB1500 from airport to hotel including 2 hour sightseeing and stop for beverages
THB1000 from hotel to airport (quote as of May 2013) (THB1200 as of January 2014)
THB2200 R/T from/to airport (as of December 2013; January 2014)
THB2000 R/T from/to airport (July 2016)
THB3000 Day Tour of Island (6 hours); THB400 for each extra hour.
Best way to reach Mr Samui is actually not via email (email goes to his friend that helps out) but to make arrangements via his cell phone +66 89 060 6440
He uses Whatsapp on that number. Or just text him. He has an iPhone so texts are free iMessages.
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Old Feb 12, 04, 2:50 pm
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Old Jan 6, 18, 2:02 am
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Great overall time. Highly recommend. TIPS/THOUGHTS beyond that was already posted:

- Alternative transportation options: there is a Samui specific ride share app called Navigo that actually has relatively fair prices to get around the island. There are very few drivers that use the app (usually about four at a given time) and they usually cluster around the airport. If you know in advance when you want to leave the Conrad, definitely check them out and plan accordingly.

- Before I had Navigo settled I asked the concierge to arrange local taxis for me. These taxis were never really taxis (much nicer) but still cheaper than what their hotel-sanctioned limo service was charging. Navigo was still much cheaper.

- Food: Never made it to Jahn, but the food was generally good (never mind-blowing). We usually overordered in case there were a few misses (which did happen). If you like spicy food you need to plead with the server or you won't get it. Service at Zest was generally not good - especially if you eat outside. I went during peak season and they seemed understaffed and not as fluent in English as other areas of the resort. I went to breakfast there twice and twice I never received the coffee that I ordered. By contrast the service at the pool was much better, friendlier and more confident.

- Off-site:
- The snorkel/beach excursion is not a must, but nice for a change of scenery/zippy boat ride.
- Highly recommend both Bang Por Takho and Sabeinglae. Walk over to Four Monkeys for solid coffee after Bang Por. .
- Tamarind Springs - came highly recommended to me from neighbor who travels the world (her husband is a commercial airline pilot). I booked a 2.5 hour massage/springs combo, which was decadent. Definitely a unique experience that you cannot find beyond Samui.

- Manufacturered Spending Hounds: There is no ATM on-site, rather you can withdraw from the conceirge and they will charge your room or cc. Great way to earn Hilton and cc points.

- Spa: Amazing. Do it. Yes, it is insanely priced for Thailand, but rationalize it via what it would cost back home.
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Old Jan 6, 18, 1:06 pm
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Thanks for these tips, NYCRachel. Can you give me some sense of how much lead time you need to arrange a ride both with Navigo and through the concierge? And, where you able to easily get rides back to the hotel? Thanks
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Old Jan 6, 18, 3:14 pm
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Thanks for these tips, NYCRachel. Can you give me some sense of how much lead time you need to arrange a ride both with Navigo and through the concierge? And, where you able to easily get rides back to the hotel? Thanks
It really depends on where the cars physically are. I would just power up the app and see. Like I said, most are clustered around the airport, which is like 45 minutes away, but they are definitely willing to trek to the Conrad. Usually they will call you to confirm the ride (I think they get cancellations). Sometimes they'll be by Lamai Beach, which is only 20 min away.

A local taxi via the concierge usually took 15-20 minutes to arrive. Concierge taxis were usually about double what Navigo was charging.

Going home, again, I powered up the app about 20 minutes before I needed to leave and strategically called for a cab based on where they were in the map in the app. This was much easier than the pain of having to bargain with local taxis, which is a total pain and still wouldn't be as cheap as Navigo.

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Old Jan 7, 18, 10:29 am
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Thank you. There for 5 nights in late March and would like to get out and about a little bit.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 10:40 pm
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I've heard reports of a "free shuttle" to Chaweng for guests staying 4 or more nights. Anyone have any experience with this? Wondering what the times, frequency etc. might be. Thanks
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I've heard reports of a "free shuttle" to Chaweng for guests staying 4 or more nights. Anyone have any experience with this? Wondering what the times, frequency etc. might be. Thanks
If I remember correctly it is three times a day. Departures are (I think) late morning, mid-afternoon and early evening. Never took it though.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 9:38 am
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Thank you. There for 5 nights in late March and would like to get out and about a little bit.


My next stay will be mid of March and I've made a reservation for a rental car. For me it's worth the THB 13.300 for a Toyota Fortuner for a 5 nights stay. Easy to drive to restaurants, beaches, shopping, night life and from/to the airport. Of course it comes with the restriction not to drink and drive, but that doesn't bother me.

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Old Jan 11, 18, 1:45 pm
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My next stay will be mid of March and I've made a reservation for a rental car. For me it's worth the THB 13.300 for a Toyota Fortuner for a 5 nights stay. Easy to drive to restaurants, beaches, shopping, night life and from/to the airport. Of course it comes with the restriction not to drink and drive, but that doesn't bother me.
Thanks, it does sound like an attractive option. I tend to be overly cautious however about D&D - and I do enjoy a Singha or two with my meal.
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We have a 6-night stay at CKS in early February and I was wondering if you could help with a couple of questions:

1. Those of you who have rented a car, do you recommend any company? It's just a couple of us and we are not looking for anything fancy - but it sounds like we might need a SUV to get to the hotel?
2. What I am missing out on as a Gold member? Is it worth trying to do a Diamond challenge for this? I can see that Diamonds get two more drink coupons, any other differences?

Thanks!
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We rented from Hertz for our stay at CKS. I got the SUV because small car with people plus luggage does not work out so well. Of course you only need this to and from the airport but I also prefer the comfort. A nice SUV will also be the bigger car on the road in a place like Thailand. I have found driving in a country like this bigger is better. When renting the vehicle and doing the walk around with the rental agent take pictures of every part of the vehicle and make sure they see you doing this. This will keep them from trying to charge you for any damage no matter how small when returning. Of course this will not apply to any damage you might do but this will also protect you from the valets at CKS.

We had two villa's for our stay, 4 adults 1 child and I am a Diamond. Not really a big difference in perks from Diamond to Gold at CKS. They did give us free breakfast for all 4, I guess we got this since I had both villa's in my name.
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Originally Posted by koroleon View Post
We have a 6-night stay at CKS in early February and I was wondering if you could help with a couple of questions:

1. Those of you who have rented a car, do you recommend any company? It's just a couple of us and we are not looking for anything fancy - but it sounds like we might need a SUV to get to the hotel?
2. What I am missing out on as a Gold member? Is it worth trying to do a Diamond challenge for this? I can see that Diamonds get two more drink coupons, any other differences?

Thanks!
We rented a pretty small car to get to the Conrad. No issues. While I'd prefer the comfort of the SUV, we thought there were a few benefits of the smaller car. Easier to park, easier to fit through tight spaces and an alley or two. We'd run out for a massage almost daily, even as far as Chaweng.

I don't think you're missing out on much as gold. We were fairly happy with our treatment as gold. I fancied the breakfast, and that was the primary gold perk for me. As always, meter expectations- This is Thailand.
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leaving room 702 tomorrow AM
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Gorgeous room, in case anybody’s interested
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Old Jan 25, 18, 7:02 am
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I would like to preface this as stating "Damn you Jet Lag!"

I am from South Dakota where it is currently colder than cold. I am traveling as a single traveler on my 40th Birthday trip due to wife back home being a teacher. Arrived at the Conrad at Koh Sumai yesterday late morning after 36 hours in Bangkok. I booked a car via Mr Sumai and FB literally a hour before I was flyng out from Bangkok (incredible service and well worth the $30 price tag for a one way or $56 rt). and was picked up in a full service leather seated lux SUV. On the drive to the Conrad I spoke with Mr. Sumai via the drivers phone and was able to stop off at a gas station to allow me to buy my "daddy drinks" so I wouldn't have to buy that much alcohol here at the resort.

As I arrived here at the Conrad I was led into the open aired reception parlor during a downpour under the umbrella of a porter who genuinely cared for my well being. I was given a really nice tea and a cold towel that literally smelled delicious. I then met with the Director of Operations and had a genuine conversation about being a Diamond, world experiences, travel and so forth.

I booked the lowest category room here two or so months ago using Points, the Retreat Villa. When I arrived today I was "hoping" to be upgraded into a larger suite vs the base that I had booked. When I was spoke with Thomas who is ihead of Operations he preceded to inform me that I was upgraded to a Two Bdrm Villa and they genuinely want to show their appreciation to Diamonds. On a side note, I am fully aware of upgrade policy within the Hilton Portfolio and definitely did not expect this, maybe one cat or two higher but not all the way to the top. This resort makes me actually want to keep my Diamond status purely for the Diamond treatment. *side note* other Hilton Resorts, you need to seriously take a step back and reevaluate your Diamond policy, maybe hire Thomas as a consultant. Conrad KS has its upgrade policy spot on, "If and when upgrade availability allows".

Anyone have any questions I can answer for them while I'm here? I am moving today into a Conrad Royal One Bdrm Villa that I booked via points to enjoy the best of the bes while here in CKS.

Anyone on FT by chance currently at this property and would like to meet up for a drink, I'll buy first round!
what a crazy coincidence. My wife and I were here same time as you. Upon arrival we were told the royal suit was currently occupied, now I know it was you! We had to wait a day or two until you left then the office called our room and asked if we would like an upgrade to move in for the rest of our stay. Love the customer service at this property.
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